Save Coney Island – Public Meeting Tue. June 24, 2008

Below is a message from The Save Coney Island Coalition:

“The city’s new plan almost completely abolishes the amusement district for the sake of high rise hotels and retail. Coney Island is currently zoned for 61 acres of amusements; the city’s new proposal reduces the amount of amusements to 9 acres.

This reduction of the Amusement District will destroy Coney Island’s legacy as “the People’s Playground” and defeat the goal of creating a world class amusement and tourist destination.

25 to 30 story high rises and retail do not belong in the amusement district!
Retail is no substitute for amusements!

There is plenty of space outside of the Amusement District, in Coney Island for residential, hotels and retail! Why destroy the amusement district forever to meet this goal?”

What can you do to help SAVE CONEY ISLAND?!
The Save Coney Island Coalition says yes to revitalizing Coney’s world famous amusement zone!
NO to 26 New High Rises of up to 30 stories each in the current Amusement District!
NO to Retail, Malls or “Entertainment Retail” in the Amusement District!
NO to shrinkage of the Amusement District from 61 acres to 9 acres!
YES to preserving Amusement Zoning in the Amusement District!!
YES to keeping Coney Island the People’s Playground- providing accessible Amusements for ALL to enjoy

Visit the Save Coney Island website:
Learn the truth! Don’t be fooled by the city’s spin on their revised rezoning plan!

Email to join the mailing list for news of upcoming protests, petitions and more!

Read about the issues and join the ongoing discussion on the message boards at

Speak out at the public scoping meeting on
Tuesday, June 24, 2008, 6pm,
at Lincoln High School,
2800 Ocean Parkway.

Written comments accepted through 5pm on Friday July 11, 2008 and may be submitted at the public scoping meeting or sent to:
Rachel Belsky
New York City Economic Development Corporation
110 William Street
New York, NY 10038,
Telephone: (212) 312–3718, Fax: (212) 312–3989

If you are a resident of New York City, write, email, or phone Mayor Bloomberg,
City Council President Christine Quinn, and your City Council Member.

If you are a visitor to Coney Island from outside the city, another state or country, when you get home, send a postcard to Mayor Bloomberg, telling him what you enjoyed about your visit, and why you won’t come back to visit a Coney Island where amusements and authenticity have been zoned out of existence and replaced by generic retail stores, formula restaurants and so-called “entertainment retail.”

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
City Hall
New York, NY 10007
Phone 311 (or 212-NEW-YORK outside NYC)
Fax (212) 788-2460, E-MAIL:

Below are pictures from The Mermaid Parade, held on Saturday, June 21, 2008


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